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Classic Motion Picture Review – ‘J.D.’s Revenge’ [1976]

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Liverpool [UK], up until 1986, was still the classical Dock/Port in the transportation of goods as well as people. To compare, its local rival Manchester had an established Airport but was only a quarter of its current 2013 size, and also the price of a Plane Ticket was expensive due to lack of competition within the commercial airline sector.

One of the benefits was obtaining things from all over the world as childhood Birthday & Christmas Presents, especially Action Figures from far places…

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Whilst I didn’t own that exact action figure I had a number from the same range from Japan and, before you Tweet, they where finally given away to my local Oxfam (UK national chain Charity Shop) once this life-changing moment arrived on my radar…

Due to the overt racism on British 1970’s & 1980’s Television (it still is but only shows up during moments of major national tension) many people got their entertainment via VHS Tapes (the Great-Grandparent of Blu-ray) creating a compilation of African-American Television. Along with similar films this tended to be uplifting rather than humiliating. The media as a whole, even now in the allegedly more liberal era of the early 21st Century, has problems dealing with the following subject. Yet people have been doing this since the beginning of humanity…

The greatest impact those mentioned American VHS compilations had on me was a Horror-Gangster Film

J. D.’s Revenge

The Film, released in 1976 and based in New Orleans, tells the fictional story of a African-American University Student studying Law (a new concept to my 8 year old self in 1985) that gets possessed, after participating as an audience member in a hypnosis act whilst on a night-out in a cabaret club.

Normally in Cinema possession occurs by a demonic force, yet what makes this unique is that it’s done by a restless soul of a murdered Gangster. The genius angle of the Film is the Gangster – ‘J.D Walker’ – died in 1942, and due to the rapid socio-economic changes, especially in America, this might as well be 84 years rather than the actual 34 time difference. Everything had suddenly progressed, from Women’s Rights to Music.

I remember my Dad, talking about ‘J.D Revenge’ for about two weeks to everybody. So, on a School-night in the early hours when everybody was sleeping I went downstairs put the VHS in & put my Dad’s Headphone’s into the front of Television. What I discovered was & still is a classic with plenty of memorable quotes. ‘J.D Revenge’ totally changed the way I saw Black people & for the better as the ending is uplifting.

The Film nails this point in a superb manner with J.D being amazed & surprised at this new world. Praise should go to Glynn Turman for a memorable performance playing two polar opposites, the type of young man who every mother would love her daughter to marry & a foul-mouth ultra-cool street villain.

George Lucas was that impressed with Turman that he was his first Choice to play a certain ‘Han Solo’, yet due to racism in Hollywood & Western Society funding would have NEVER been given as Carrie Fisher was lined-up to play the role of ‘Princess Leia’. Even in 2013, non-White Actors in American Cinema are portrayed as either the side-kick or equal, rarely the hero-lead of a Film. Before anybody mentions Will Smith, in my opinion he’s the Hollywood version of Barack Obama – simply all hype with zero substance. Smith is the kind of Black Man that White People like due to him having no edge when he’s interviewed – you know what you’ll get. Certainly this doesn’t apply to say Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington or the considerably older Morgan Freeman.

It’s possible those in control, yet always in the shadows of the Anglo-American Economic-Political-War Machine, might consider Will Smith as American President thus the perfect marriage of Langley, Virginia to Hollyweird, California. Will Smith has that much clout in Hollywood he can make a vanity project (his Son is the Co-Star) costing $130million yet Zombizoids programmed to worship corporate celebrity will go to the Cinema for this…

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Will Smith speaking in that ultra-serious manner is as believable as Real Madrid announcing Tony Pulis as their new Manager. Things can still have high quality with very little or no expense, something Will Smith could do with understanding:

Feel free to leave a comment below or send a tweet directly to the star of
‘J.D Revenge’ Glynn Turman with the hashtag #GJBlog

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Camp Lo @ Sound Control

To say I’m a fan of Camp Lo’s ‘Uptown Saturday Night’ album is an understatement. Released in 1997, it’s one of those rare records that I loved just as much when I was a teenager as I do now, an absolute joy from start to finish. Everything about it is perfect, from the ridiculousness of De La’s Trugoy guesting with clown central lyrics about eating his honeycomb cereal with his big spoon on’ B Side to Hollywood’, the mesmerising slang on the ode to parlaying ‘Sparkle’ or the get rich soon heist classic ‘Luchini’ (see below). Even the artwork was amazing, aping brilliantly Marvin Gaye’s classic ‘I want you’.

So when Liverpool’s hip-hop mainstay Paddy of No Fakin‘ took a rare moment outside of ripping me for my lack of hip-hop involvement to let me know that Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede were playing live in Manchester, I was pretty happy. When I did some more research and uncovered the fact it was one of those play the whole album in full gigs, dedicated to ‘Uptown Saturday Night’, the excitement reached untold levels. Props to More Bounce for picking an absolute stone cold classic to ring in their first birthday celebrations, and better yet for doffing their caps further on the hip-hop tip by putting it on on March 9th, the date of course when Biggie Smalls was shot.

This couldn’t get any more in the throes of 1997 if it tried, and what with that being the year where Hip-hop fully gripped me in a full never ending clinch, I’ll be definitely in attendance at the show. There will be bubbly flowing through me for sure. Hype!

Laurent Garnier at the WHP

Sunday 16th December sees an institution in dance music combine with another, as the WHP showcases a monstrous ten hour set from Laurent Garnier. Taking place in only the second room of the club, it’s to celebrate the 25 year career Laurent has had since upping sticks from France to be a chef in the North West, and the dj gigs he did at the Hacienda under the fledgling name of DJ Pedro, and from the vibes coming back to me of his recent final ever LBS performances suggest, he is still 100% on top of his game.

There isn’t a DJ that comes close to having given me as much joy over the years as Laurent, his DJ sets that I’ve witnessed in Germany, Spain, Manchester, Liverpool and London easily being the best I’ve ever been too. I haven’t spent a sustained period of time with Monsieur Garnier for years and to say I’m ridiculously excited is an understatement, particularly as he is the real Le God, contrary to what some people in Manchester may think the title belongs to. More details here.

Vote for Joshua Brooks

Manchester’s snug as a bug small venue Joshua Brooks is up for an award in DJMag’s Best of British poll, an award ceremony that doesn’t tend to get treated with the ludicrous disdain and anger thrown towards it’s sister top 100 poll, which is after all a popularity contest. This is exactly the same, but seeing as it’s voted for mainly by people who share the same values, if not tastes, as the angry pitchfork wielding hordes that get very embattled every Autumn, people don’t get quite as narky. Which is nice; no-one likes being lairy!

Anyway, there’s all sorts of people up for awards including previous incumbents of nice words on these pages Andrew Weatherall, Sankeys, Bicep and Erol Alkan, but I’d definitely implore you to vote for Joshua brooks because it really is great. That’s all I’m going to say. Follow this link to the Facebook app for voting.

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